Peer Mentorship Program

Why get a mentor

Does it seem like you are the only student on campus with family responsibilities?

A mentor can share with you valuable tips and candid advice to help you balance the demands of caring for children with academic commitments in a safe and supportive environment. You may want to connect with a mentor to chat about:

  • Strategies and insights on caring for a family member
  • A specific question on child care
  • Your newly found pregnancy and a possible leave from your studies

Does it sound like more work and time consuming?

We understand your busy life! You and the peer mentor can choose the best way to communicate; you are the one choosing the duration of the interaction: it can be once from 10 minutes to as many – and for how long – you determine. Our mentors are available to connect with you on a variety of dates and times.

How to get a mentor

Send us an email at family.care@utoronto.ca and we will assign a mentor to you, matching your situation as best as possible.

Peer Mentor Drop-in Hours

A peer mentor will also be available on Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the fall and winter term, until May 15.

Who are our mentors

Our peer mentors are University of Toronto students from diverse backgrounds – men and women, undergraduates and graduates. Some had children before starting their program at U of T and some during their studies here.

Questions?

Please feel free to email family.care@utoronto.ca if you have any questions or call 416.978.0951.